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Comments about the soundtrack for Jurassic Park III (Don Davis)

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An insulting, and often timid, score.
• Posted by: Mike   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, July 20, 2001, at 6:11 p.m.
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This score amounts to what could only be considered musical felony. Rather than flex his own musical abilities, Don Davis is content to brutalize John Williams's music for fear of letting the audience forget that this is in fact (and unfortunately) a film born of the Jurassic Park legacy. It comes across as the action of a timid composer who is afraid to do his own thing, and feels it necessary to pander the audience with music they are already familiar with.

Throughout the film, the original themes are fully misused. Anybody who has seen JP3 can surely recall having the theme shoved firmly down their gullets, generally at the most inopportune times. Davis uses these themes without regard for the events emerging on screen, and in essence mocks them. They no longer occur during pivotal scenes.... they occur all the time, distractingly, and lessening the impact.

In the score from The Lost World, for instance, Williams only reprised the themes a minimum number of times... usually when the images on screen directly conjured memories of the original park. The best example was when Greenpeace guy (like these characters deserved names...) finds the Jurassic Park mural on the wall, we hear the faint trumpet of the old theme, reminding us simultaneously of the park's grandeur and failure... very clever, and very fitting.

In part three, we never get a break. And it's indicative of the failings of the movie as a whole. Rather than paint a true sequel, cinematically or musically, it offers an ersatz experience, constantly necessetating forced reminders (recurring cast members, recurring themes...) that this pitiful disaster is related in any way to the original classic. Steer clear.

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